Discussion in 'Sunfish Talk' started by JDRhodes, Jul 16, 2017.
is it possible to lubricate the mast cap to make hoisting the sail easier?
Thanks in advance
Earlier, I got a "dislike" for suggesting WD-40 or waterproof grease.
That last foot or so tends to jam the gooseneck, so wiggle it with one hand as you pull on halyard with the other.
If lifting the spars one-by-one doesn't help, change the halyard to a thinner or braided line.
Remember the lube will cover the entire halyard as you hoist the spars off the deck eventually getting in your hands etc. Push the gooseneck up as suggested
My challenge is "how do you do this while seated"? I was getting stuck with the last foot or so of line when the wind began to affect the sail
It's like that!
It helps to have the bow directly into the wind.
Is there a trick for making sure the wind doesn't change direction too much
Totally ease the mainsheet, but don't lose the end to pull in. That way the sail shouldn't fill before fully hoisted
Sail indoors in front of a fan.
Where on earth are you sitting when hoisting the sail? You should be kneeling by the mast if on the water, or if doing it on land be standing up.
Well, yes, but it's the relationship of the wind-to-boat that matters.
Hoist the sail until the boat starts to respond to the wind, then rapidly hoist up the rest of the way.
My technique is just that: grabbing a new purchase on the halyard--then using my weight while lowering myself into the cockpit--feet pressing on the cockpit bulkhead for leverage. A halyard cam-cleat installed 2 feet behind the splashguard makes kneeling unnecessary.
Then use your third hand to control the tiller!
Going through my tackle box, looking for something else, I came across part of the answer!
Replace the stock deck fairlead with one that is sleeved with a stainless-steel eye. They'll run you about $10.
Totally agree with Beldar. Racers lower and raise sails all the time to make adjustments in strong winds and waves. As Beldar says kneel on the deck, pull the sail up, it might stick toward the end and just lift the lower boom and finish raising. On shore stand and pull, again might have to raise the lower boom towards the end.
LVM the sail should pivot with the wind and flap so it should not respond unless you have the sheet tight.
Salt water can stiffen the halyard, and salt crystals can cause friction: soak and rinse in fresh water. The halyard might work better if it were wet.
Some new replacement lines can be easily modified to have two different diameters.
Yes, but I raise the sail several yards off the shore. It's my body that gets in the way!
I think I figured it out when I tried to follow one of the online rigging videos. My halyard is so thick that it can't loop thru the pullu twice. Upon discovering this I noticed that the end cap slot is narrower than the halyard. Since the boat came this way I didn't think anything about it.
Look for Dry Lube Teflon Spray. On of the listed uses is for
cables. Only about 14 inchs of halyard would need to be
coated, the area when the boom starts to lift of the deck.
Will it work? I don't know but cheap enough to give it
a try. It could also be applied to the mast where the goose-neck
rubs or better yet wrap the mast in Teflon Tape.
Dry Lube Teflon Spray sounds like the right approach. But before shelling out your cash, try a spritz or two of furniture polish spray. There are some fancy types of waxes in that stuff that may just be the ticket.
Has anyone tried it to bring out the luster in blued firearms?
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